The state of Florida is plagued with pedestrian accidents due to the fact that our state has nice weather and men, women, and children travel by foot. The pedestrian accident problem is large and pedestrians are killed every day in Florida due to drivers not following the rules of the road or simply being negligent while behind the wheel of a car, SUV, or truck.
In 2012, 4,743 pedestrians were killed in traffic related accidents in the U.S and another 76 thousand pedestrians were injured according to the U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. These statistics show that every two hours a pedestrian death occurs and a pedestrian is injured every 7 minutes.
How can pedestrian accidents be prevented? Well, it’s not only the driver’s responsibility. Pedestrians can increase their visibility at night and by wearing bright colored or reflective clothing. Pedestrians traveling along our Florida roadways by crossing in designated crosswalks and marked intersections. Another way individuals can avoid pedestrian accidents is by traveling on sidewalks when available and on the shoulder of the roadway facing oncoming traffic. Drivers of vehicles can also prevent pedestrian accidents by focusing attention in densely populated communities and near schools. According to the NHTSA, in 2012 more than one in every five children between the ages of 5 and 15 who were killed in traffic crashes were pedestrians.
Injuries following pedestrian accidents generally are severe and can be life altering. Some injuries may include bruises, bumps, contusions, cuts scrapes, broken bones, fractures, head, back, extremity injuries and traumatic head and brain injuries. When someone is hit by a car, SUV, truck or motorcycle, the injuries are catastrophic. Recovery and rehabilitation from such an accident is generally a long hard road. Costs of such a recovery are high and can go on for months and even years. This is why is it important to engage an experienced pedestrian accident attorney who is able to properly protect accident victims’ rights and protect their best interests.
Jeremiah Jaspon, pedestrian accident attorney is skilled and knowledgeable and aggressive. We have a proven track record of success protecting pedestrian rights and recovering damages for injuries incurred in accidents. Call today to discuss your case with a skilled Florida accident attorney at (407) 513-9515